“I’m just a girl sitting in front of a sweet potato pie bite wishing it was a donut hole.” A smart-alecky comment made by my husband as I was photographing these little delights. While these may look like donut holes, in my opinion, they are waaay better. Not only do they taste amazing, there’s a load of nutrition packed into these small bites, which will make you feel good about eating one. Or two. Or three. Guilty.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are conversation hearts and boxes of chocolates lining the grocery store shelves. Rather than reading through those silly phrases such as “text me” (whatever happened to “call me”?) and biting through each piece of chocolate to see which one you actually really enjoy, make a batch of these sweet potato pie bites, which will be sure to lure your lover! And if you don’t have a lover, make them for a friend. Or for yourself. No judgement here! Spread the love! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sweet potatoes: vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, B6; increases milk production in lactating women
Molasses: iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper; low sugar content
Sweet Potato Pie Bites
1 cup sweet potatoes (1 large or 3 small)
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup almond butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
4 tablespoons coconut flour
Microwave sweet potatoes for 5-7 minutes*. Scoop out the inside of the sweet potato and add to an food processor**, along with the other ingredients, except for the shredded coconut. Process until all ingredients are combined. Add shredded coconut and pulse a couple of times to combine, making sure not to process the coconut any further. Place in the refrigerator for an hour to let the dough set. Rub coconut oil onto clean hands and roll dough into balls. Roll into shredded coconut, raw cacao powder, or leave plain. Line a glass storage container with parchment paper and place in between each layer of bites. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator (up to one week) or freezer (up to one month). Enjoy!
*Alternatively, you may use leftover sweet potato mash if you have it on hand.
** If you do not have a food processor, an electric mixer works well, as does a wooden spoon. If you use either of these options, make sure to mash the sweet potatoes well and chop the dates into little pieces.